2016 was a rough season for the Jets. If they don’t draft a quarterback with their 6th overall pick in the draft, here are some quarterbacks they could consider to fill the hole until they find the long term solution. Maybe it’s one of these guys.
At age 33, it seems Jay Cutler’s best years are behind him. However, the Jets may have to consider bringing him in if the price is right. Cutler still is known for having one of the better arms in football. If he could limit turnovers and just make it simple, he could be a nice fit. It seems like Cutler could potentially land with the Jets, but if he does not preform well, the New York media will give it to him. The Jets also are clearly rebuilding, so they would most likely just bring him in while they search for their franchise quarterback. Cutler has shown stints of being a solid quarterback. Maybe, a change is what he needs.
What a difference a year makes for Brock Osweiler. He got paid big time during the 2016 offseason, and answered with an abysmal season. He did lead the Houston Texans to a playoff win, but 2016 was a year to forget for Osweiler. He now sits on the Cleveland Browns roster, after they acquired him from the Texans, but they may end up trading him. But, would the Jets really want to eat the salary Osweiler has coming? Especially while they rebuild, it might be best to stay away from him. However, at age 26, he is a physically gifted quarterback. Maybe he just needs a fresh start. For the Jets to consider trading him, it might be in their best interest for Cleveland to keep a lot of his contract. The only logic to bringing Osweiler in would be to hope he’d compete with Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, but the price might be too much.
Robert Griffin III
If Robert Griffin III had just been able to stay healthy, he may have a different story to tell about his NFL career. But, multiple reports say the Cleveland Browns are considering releasing Griffin after just 1 season with the team. He may not cost the Jets much to bring in, so he may be well worth it. The hope would be for him to compete in the summer, and maybe win the job. However, this team is not built to win now. They have been searching for a franchise quarterback for years, and Griffin is probably not the answer. With all the injuries he’s endured, he may not be as explosive and try to be a pocket passer. If they can bring him in at the right value, Robert Griffin III could be a decent option for the Jets while they search for the long term solution.
Trevor Siemian had a pretty solid 2016 season with the Denver Broncos. However, he was the quarterback of the defending Super Bowl champions, and failed to lead them to the playoffs. At just 25 years old, Siemian proved he can play quarterback in this league. However, for him to be on the market, in all likelihood the Broncos would have to acquire Tony Romo. It seems Romo is headed to the Texans or Broncos. If he goes to the Broncos, the Jets could try to make a trade for Siemian. Believe it or not, they could try to build around him. He still needs more experience in this league, but he proved he can start in the NFL. He wouldn’t appear to be a burden on the cap, and it depends on what the Broncos asking price would be for him. The Jets need a quarterback, and Siemian’s a guy who would not expect the job to be handed to him and compete with the young guys. He still has a lot to prove, but the Jets should consider making a move for him.
The Jets are clearly rebuilding and looking for a franchise quarterback. Josh McCown is not a franchise quarterback, but he is a solid veteran who can win some ball games. If the Jets were to bring him in, they might only win a handful of games. However, they need to bring in someone to compete with Petty and Hackenberg. His price should be relatively cheap. They call it the bridge quarterback. If Petty and Hackenberg aren’t the answer, the Jets will need a veteran on the roster to quarterback some games. If they bring in McCown, they shouldn’t expect much success. However, he could teach the young quarterbacks a thing or 2. It wouldn’t be the worst thing for the Jets to bring in McCown.
Colin Kaepernick needed to get out of San Francisco. Here we are today, and he’s on the market. A gifted athlete with the ability to run and a very strong arm, he has all the tools to be a successful quarterback. For some reason, since Jim Harbaugh left the 49ers, Kaepernick has gotten worse and worse every year. Well, now he is a free agent and he has something to prove. The Jets may not want to bring him in because of his protest that could be a distraction, especially in New York. But, Kaepernick has skills, at age 29. He found success with the 49ers, so that will always be on his resumé. With some playmakers around him, Kaepernick may still be able to be an effective quarterback. The Jets are rebuilding, but again the key word is compete. He wouldn’t be guaranteed the job, but the Jets need to keep searching for answers. Kaepernick is an interesting quarterback who has not gotten much attention on the market. It will be interesting to see where he lands, and if he gets a starting job. Maybe, it’s with the Jets.
Geno Smith has had a rough go with the Jets. His 2015 season was cut short, when he was punched in the jaw by IK Enemkpali, breaking his jaw. After Ryan Fitzpatrick’s struggles in 2016, Smith was given a shot with the team. He played solid football during his half of play, but left the game early with a torn ACL, ending his 2016 campaign. Smith has a lot to prove, and is probably not looking for a big contract. It wouldn’t be the worse thing if the Jets brought him in for another year, and compete with the young guys. At just age 2016, Smith still has some upside. There’s little risk in bringing him back, maybe on a 1 or 2 year deal. He has a great arm and is a pretty mobile quarterback. With all the tools to be successful, he just needs to make better decisions on the field. He’s paid his dues the past 2 seasons, and has been pretty humble about it. With the way the quarterback market is shifting, the Jets should consider bringing Geno Smith back. They need a quarterback to show consistency. It might not be Smith, but if Petty and Hackenberg aren’t the answer, they might as well sign and start Geno Smith for 2017. That would be a nice story.
The order in which I find these quarterbacks would be most effective for the Jets in 2017:
- Geno Smith
- Trevor Siemian
- Jay Cutler
- Robert Griffin III
- Josh McCown
- Colin Kaepernick
- Brock Osweiler